Doncaster- you’re invited to our annual street festival on 9-10 September 2017! The DNweekeND Festival is back for a fourth year- creating a colourful family-friendly street extravaganza for one weekend- with some of the best arts and performance both home-grown and from across the country taking over the town centre for two days of free fun for all ages!






Visit Festival Square (on Sir Nigel Gresley Square) where alongside the free performances you will find: DNweekeND Info Point,  DNweekeND Food Village, Glittergem Face and Body Art, Picnic Area, deck chairs, our storytelling teepee, craft stalls from local artists, information stalls from partners, and more!


Arts Award in a Day!

By darts and Cast

Calling all children and young people aged 5+

Achieve your Discover Arts Award as part of DNweekeND. Pick up a free pack, which will guide you on a creative journey around the festival.  Take part, find out about the arts, learn new skills and share what you have done! Collect your arts award pack from the Doncaster Cultural Educational Partnership stand on Festival Square.

Please note there are limited packs available.

Doncaster Library at the DNweekeND!

Visit Doncaster Children’s Library and take part in story telling sessions between 12 and 4pm, every hour for fifteen minutes. Children will also be able to come in to make some comic strips, pop up books, book marks and other crafts will be available on the day to enjoy.

Saturday 12-4pm

Doncaster Children’s Library

Get Creative at #DNweekeND

Creativity Tent

Drop in creative workshops including:

Doncaster Library Service- Adult Colouring Session and Zentangle session

Hive- young people’s creative writing session

Read to Write- Taster poetry sessions

Timetable available on the day!


Nigel Gresley Square



The Aperitif by Wet Picnic


From the fantastically bizarre minds of Wet Picnic (The Lift) comes 'The Aperitif'; an eccentric take on a silent disco combined with a communal experience and thought provoking satire. A mix of surreal, physical and downright silly comedy! In preparation for their annual ball, Lord Gredus, has decided to offer some of his potential guests the chance to have a taste of the high life, a sneak peak of power, class and indulgence.
His faithful staff however have other ideas in mind! So in a pre-determined location, guests are invited to attend the Gredus Aperitif and join the French waiters for a dinner to remember.

Street Theatre

Saturday- 1.30pm, 6pm

Sunday- 2pm 

(45 mins long)

Nigel Gresley Square

The Lift by Wet Picnic

wet picnic the lift

Returning to Doncaster, after delighting audiences at the Delicious Doncaster Festival. Three hilarious bellhops invite you to step inside their roving lift giving you a surreal theatrical experience that you won't forget. Each lift button chosen triggers a riotous scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in. 

Street Theatre

Saturday 12pm, 4.30pm

Sunday- 12.30pm, 3.30pm

(30 mins long) Nigel Gresley Square/Waterdale

Project_Vee by Circus Geeks and PanGottic

Project_Vee image by Joe Clarke

Juggling meets roulette wheel: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet-era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. When steel, concrete and motors meet, Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. A 25-minute juggling duet based around a spinning seesaw structure, raising up to 3m high. 


Saturday 2pm, 5pm

Sunday- 12.30pm, 3pm

(25 mins long)

Nigel Gresley Square

Lance Moi en L’air by Joli Vyann & L’Eolienne


Dance meets circus in this playfully acrobatic piece which translates in English to 'Throw me in the air' . Two performers meet and take you on an energetic physical journey.  A captivating performance asks can we be strong whilst relaxed? Heavy whilst light? Grounded whilst levitated?


Saturday 2.30pm, 5.30pm

Sunday 1pm, 2.30pm

(25 min long)

Nigel Gresley Square

The Awakening by Stopgap Dance


An exhilarating dance piece involving four characters trapped in a strange but mesmerising ritual. Choreographed by learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia, The Awakening is performed by four disabled and non-disabled dancers. A quiet but simmering disruption in an outdoor space.


Saturday 1.10pm, 4pm

Sunday-1.30pm, 3.30pm

(25 mins long)

Nigel Gresley Square

Roadworks by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre

A quirky and humorous engagement between a dancer and a BMX rider. The dance theatre piece incorporates acrobatics, B-Boying, Contemporary dance, BMX-ing, music, clowning and physical theatre. A piece which is sure to enthuse all ages and backgrounds with its comedic narrative and high-octane movement vocabulary.


Sunday- 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

(25 mins long)


Sense-O-Matic by Same Difference


Sense-O-Matic is a walkabout, much-talked-about, splendorous, spectacular, scientific discovery machine! Same Difference's Victorian-inspired invention is a fantastical object, created by eccentric technologists to aid them in their endeavours ... to record observations of their immediate environment in this wonderful world of ours!

Walkabout theatre

Pop up performances Saturday and Sunday

Window Painting by Pete Olding

Peter Olding

Demonstrating the art of large scale painting on the outside of windows at Cast and the Village at Waterdale shops. Painting as big as the window allows, one for each day of the Festival. The images will combine views from around the town with intriguing ‘quotes’ from the world’s favourite artworks.

Visual Art

Saturday and Sunday

Waterdale Shop Unit

Picture Doncaster by Les Monaghan

Picture Doncaster. How do you see it? What sums up Donny? The Minster, Frenchgate, the racecourse? A portrait of Donny the Dog? The markets, the high street, the people? What’s important? The town, the river, the villages, the whole borough? History; the railways, the pits, the plant? Or right now? Or the future? What four images would you show to a stranger to describe Doncaster? How should we represent ourselves?


Saturday and Sunday

Cast foyer

Secret Encounters by C12 Dance

secret encounters c12 dance

Four immersive pop up dances appear and disappear in public spaces. Funny, technical, physical and an online tinder date, these pieces are a window into relationships having removed all performance related accessories such as the music, listings, performance times, a curtain call, allowing unsuspecting audiences to experience special, subtle and human relationship moments in a natural way.


Saturday and Sunday- Secret times!

Nigel Gresley Square/Waterdale

Mexborough Embassy

Welcome to the Mexborough Embassy! Showcasing Mexborough Arts Collective- Right Up Our Street's Mexborough arm- with visual art, poetry, cinema and more happening- find out more about the team and have a taster of some of the great things happening!


Waterdale Shop Unit

Songs of Our Town

songs of our town

The Songs of Our Town Album Launches at DNweekeND! Who are the unsung heroes of Doncaster? What are the stories and tales that we never hear? Songs of Our Town is an imaginative and creative collaboration between musician Michael Jenkinson and poet Ian Parks dedicated to recognising and celebrating exactly that. Live performances of the songs that make up the album from the talented local artists.


Saturday 12pm and 5.30pm

Waterdale Central Square

Doves of Doncaster

doves of doncaster

Doves of Doncaster marks the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018 by creating a trail of doves through the town. The project uses the dove, a well-known symbol of peace to unite our diverse communities through creative participation. During the DNweekeND, drop in and take part in making one of the doves through a free arts and crafts workshop.

Arts and Crafts

Pop in sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday

Teepee on Nigel Gresley Square

Sharon Richards Singing School/Bentley Community Choir

An upbeat choir/singing group with movement. This intergenerational group spans from age 7 to 70. New and old material with crowd pleasing favourites bound to get your toes tapping.


Saturday 3.30pm

Nigel Gresley Square

Slow Down Sunday

Our friends at the Doncopolitan have partnered with us to curate a special event especially for this year's DNweekeND. Showcasing local artists and makers with a distinct focus on street art and urban farming, Slow Down Sunday will be planting seeds of inspiration and cultivating the slow down vibes in The Village at Waterdale during Sunday.

Sunday 12-4pm


Doncaster Concert Band

Doncaster Concert Band perform lively and entertaining light music-pop, film music and music for children. Doncaster Concert Band play a high standard and truly enjoy what they play together, and their love of music communicates straight to the audience.


Sunday 1pm, Waterdale

Doncaster Council Choir

A community choir singing a wide range of popular songs.


Sunday 2pm




The DNweekeND is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high-quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. www.withoutwalls.uk.com/atn